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Date Posted: 8/10/04 2:53am
Apparently the FBI have recently targetted Indymedia. Hard drives removed etc. No reasons have been given for their actions - will this be another action carried out under the anti-terrorism stance? Cos that appears to be the current trend at the moment. Incite fear into people and they get away with all kinds of shit; introducing dodgy legislation etc, under the ruse of protecting the people, when in reality its an infringement upon the rights and freedoms of the individual.
Anyway, link is here: http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/10/298741.html
Unsuprisingly the govt is trying to bring in further legislation that basically affect peoples rights to protest. It's consultation period is supposed to end today (friday 8th October)
The 'super warrant' which is to allow the police the right to search any property associated with an individual. So I guess that includes friends, relatives etc; anywhere a suspect has lived/lives or maybe even crashed out for the night; basically the home of anyone who has some kind of association with the suspect.
Offence of harassment is to be extended - to stop protest outside people's homes. E.g animal rights protestors outside the homes of those that torture animals on a daily basis. And, banning/controlling protest outside Parliament (which includes the guy [Brian Haw] who has been protesting there for 3 years or so. So far officials have been unsuccessful in removing him legally). It will essentially include anybody who wants to air their grievances. It is because of the 'dis-tasteful' anti-war presence outside of parliament that has given rise to this; but it will no doubt be the breach of security by the countryside alliance that will be used, to ensure this gets through.